Avalon is located on Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast of L.A. and Orange Counties. The small town of Avalon is accessible by boat from harbors in Marina Del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point or by helicopter from Long Beach. This is a small town in winter but bristling with tourists in summer who come to enjoy the bars, restaurants and plethora of outdoor activities Catalina Island has to offer. The island was once owned by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley who used to bring his Chicago Cubs baseball team here for spring training on a field that still exists today. Wrigley also used local clay to create the colorful and easily recognizable Catalina Tile, which were used as decorative art in many local homes and businesses in the early 1930's. He was buried at the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden on the island. Today, Avalon is the hub of Catalina Island where tourists arrive and depart and from where most of the island's tours and activities originate. Tours available from Avalon include glass bottom boats, flying fish tours, fishing charters, submarine tours, scuba diving tours and much more. Popular Avalon activities include sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, zip-lining, camping, hiking, sightseeing, boating, shopping, relaxing, partying and more. The landmark rotunda at the north end of Avalon is the Catalina Casino, which contains a movie theater, ballroom and museum and features beautiful art deco paintings & architecture. Interesting Catalina wildlife include buffalo that were brought to the island in the 1920's for a film shoot, the bright orange Garibaldi fish that is also California's State Fish and Catalina's famous flying fish. There is so much to see and do on Catalina Island that we've dedicated an entire page to the topic.